Chief Academic Officer, code.org
Pat Yongpradit is the Chief Academic Officer for Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission that every student in every school deserves the opportunity to learn computer science. In this keynote he will lay out a modern vision for K-12 computer science and discuss how to get there. He will reflect on the reform efforts in the United States as well as across the world. How does computer science build computational thinking? What role can computational thinking play in other subjects? And how can teachers prepare to teach these new topics? Pat will discuss Code.org’s holistic approach, which includes both policy and implementation, to increasing access to computer science around the world.
Pat Yongpradit believes that computing is the world’s most powerful, creative medium and that the world would be a better place if every person had the opportunity to learn it. He is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to promoting computer science education. His work at Code.org has included curriculum development, professional learning, outreach, and state policy. Most of his job centers around tackling issues that would promote sustainable infrastructure for computer science education, such as standards and certification. He was one of the lead organizers of the K-12 Computer Science Framework, an effort by states, districts, and members of the computer science education community to provide guidance from what students should know and do, to school implementation, to state policy.
As a national voice on K-12 computer science education, his passion to bring computer science opportunities to every school and student in the United States began in the classroom. As a computer science teacher, he inspired students to create mobile games and apps for social causes, and implemented initiatives to broaden participation in computer science among underrepresented groups. As a result, enrollment in his school’s computer science program doubled, the number of girls taking advanced computer science tripled, and many of his students went on to majors and careers in computing. He feels a special sense of pride whenever one of his past students connects with him on LinkedIn and they are a computing professional.
In 2010, Pat was recognized as a Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Educator and in 2013 he was featured in the book “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom.” He has certifications in biology, physics, math, health, and technology education. While Pat currently spends more time focused on computer science education from a national perspective, he still continues to find ways to get into the classroom because he will never forget why he got into education: to work with students.
Pat Yongpradit received his Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and his Master’s degree from the University of Maryland. He tweets at @MrYongpradit.